Roman Cities, as conventionally studied, seem to be dominated by men. Yet as the contributions to this volume-which deals with the Roman cities of Italy and the western provinces in the late Republic and early Empire-show, women occupied a wide range of civic roles. Women had key roles to play in urban ecomies, and a few were prominent public figures, celebrated for their generosity and for their priestly eminence, and commemorated with public statues and grand inscriptions. Drawing on archaeology and epigraphy, on law and art as well as on ancient texts, this multidisciplinary study offers a new and more nuanced view of the gendering of civic life. It asks how far the experience of women of the smaller Italian and provincial cities resembled that of women in the capital, how women were represented in sculptural art as well as in inscriptions, and what kinds of power or influence they exercised in the societies of the Latin West.
Emily Hemelrijk is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on Roman women and includes Matrona docta. Educated women in the Roman elite from Cornelia to Julia Domna (London/New York, 1999/2004). She is co-editor (with L. de Ligt and H.S. Singor) of Roman Rule and Civic Life: Local and Regional Perspectives (Amsterdam, 2004) and is currently preparing a book on Hidden Lives - Public Personae. Women and Civic Life in Italy and the Latin West. Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. His books include Becoming Roman (Cambridge, 1998), Et tu Brute? (London 2007), Tales of the Barbarians (Malden MA, 2011) and Rome. An Empire's Story (New York and Oxford 2012). He is currently working on a history of diasporas and on the origins of religious pluralism. Contributors: Francesca Cenerini, Alison Cooley, Glenys Davies, Sheila Dillon, Werner Eck, Rebecca Flemming, Lien Foubert, Coen van Galen, Elizabeth M. Greene, Miriam J. Groen-Vallinga, Mary Harlow, Emily Hemelrijk, Claire Holleran, John North, James Rives, Ursula Rothe, Wolfgang Spickermann, Christian Witschel, Greg Woolf.
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Mnemosyne Supplements; History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity